National Trust - Hardwick Hall

Places to Visit

Ages:

  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age
  • Adults

Venue:

Outdoor

Cost:

Paid

Description

National Trust - Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Important notice -The National Trust have re-opened the gardens & parkland at Hardwick. The house will open from 1 Sept. Mon-Fri, 12-4pm. You will need to book your visit in advance. You will be turned away if you arrive without a booking.

Opening Times

House 12pm - 4pm | Monday- Friday

Garden 10am - 5pm

Park 10am - 5:30pm

Restaurant 10am - 5pm

Shop 11am - 4:30pm


Hardwick Hall is a spectacular Elizabethan house filled with rich furnishings and tapestries preserved by successive generations of the Devonshire family.

It was the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick' who first built the house and developed the surrounding estate in the late 1500s. Her descendants, the Dukes of Devonshire, treasured Hardwick, while lavishing much of their attention and money on nearby Chatsworth. Their success – intimately associated with empire over 400 years and across the globe – preserved Hardwick, and their interests elsewhere saved it from significant alternation.

In the 20th century, keenly aware of Hardwick’s great significance and unique appeal, the Devonshires ensured that this remarkable building was passed on to the nation with its Elizabethan splendour intact.
The Hardwick Estate is open every day, for countryside walks with picturesque views, woodland family play trails, locally sourced gifts in the shop and delicious seasonal menus in the restaurant.

Fun for kids

There are plenty of things to do for families at Hardwick this summer. With acres of gardens and woods to explore, there’s always something to do come rain or shine. Meander amongst the hidden passageways between the gardens, in particular the orchards where the grass has been kept long, the perfect hide and seek spot! We have lots of space on the lawns for soft toy play or frisbee, or why not try our family challenges in the gardens.

Go for a wander down Lady Spencer’s Walk (suitable for buggies and wheelchairs), build a den and run, jump and swing in the woodland play trail.

Prices

  • National Trust Members - FREE
  • Adult £8
  • Child £4
  • Family £20
  • 1 Adult Family (1 + 3) £12

Please click here to book tickets.

Dogs

Dogs on leads are welcome in the parkland at Hardwick, with plenty of great walks for you both to enjoy. Dogs on leads are also welcome in the stableyard, the main visitor area where you'll find out an outdoor trailer for takeaway food and drink. Please note, no dogs in the formal gardens.

Accessibility

  • Mobility parking in main car park, 100 yards from visitor reception
  • Accessible toilets in the Stableyard
  • We’re sorry but all other facilities are currently closed.
  • We are currently unable to offer mobility vehicle or wheelchair hire due to social distancing.
  • You can view Hardwick Hall's full access statement here.

Directions

By road: 8 miles south-east of Chesterfield; via A6175. Leave M1 exit 29, follow brown signs

SatNav: Should you wish to use a SatNav please use postcode S44 5RW for SatNav. Please be aware this may take you along minor roads depending on your location. Should you be concerned please follow the above directions

By Train: The closest train station is Chesterfield. From there you can pick up a taxi or catch the Pronto bus from Chesterfield coach station, see bus directions for further details.

Open hours

Monday10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday10:00 - 17:00
Thursday10:00 - 17:00
Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 17:00